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S.C. Deputy Suspended After 119mph Crash

May 22, 2012  | 

Darlington County (S.C.) Sheriff Wayne Byrd suspended a deputy who crashed an agency vehicle after reaching 119 mph while responding to a shots-fired call.

Deputy Benjamin Dale Weatherford crashed a black unmarked SUV, while driving two other narcotics officers to a scene where another narcotics officer reported he had been fired on. The deputy hit a curb while trying to avoid a civilian vehicle, and flipped the SUV several times.

The deputy was suspended five days without pay, reports SC Now.

Tags: Police Vehicle Accidents, Officer Needs Assistance, Darlington County (S.C.) Sheriff


Comments (6)

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Jim @ 5/22/2012 9:27 PM

When another Officer calls for help and says shots fired yes you drive as fast as possible BUT, it's as fast as possible without crashing the vehicle. Your #1 priority is to get there and help your fellow Officer. Your #2 priority is to get there fast. Never place #2 in front of #1. All that happens then is Officers then have to respond to two emergencies and you may have gotten yourself, other Officers or even civilians killed or injuried

michael @ 5/22/2012 11:17 PM

Well even when we response to urgent calls, there is always close calls. Most of the civilian world today can't function when they hear sirens or see emergency lights. Under these circumstances, I would be busting my balls to get there to help my fellow officer too............Sh-- Happens.

Rob @ 5/23/2012 7:31 AM

It doesn't do that officer in need of help any good if you drive that fast and crash and never arrive. Also, we can replace those units, good officers are hard to replace. Tremendous liability when you hurt or kill someone driving at those speeds.

Mark @ 5/24/2012 9:39 AM

C'mon, another vehicle was obviously the reason for the accident. Even if he was going 75 MPH, it doesn't mean the accident could have been avoided. Yes, it doesn't matter how fast you go if you don't ever arrive. But you can't predict the unpredictable. Any cop who says they haven't sped 119 MPH in their career is a liar.

Lakewood19 @ 5/25/2012 6:17 AM

Civilian vehicles are the biggest hazard we face when making priority responses, and monitoring our speed is still the biggest thing we can do to help make sure we get there safely. Jim summed it up quite well. Get there, but get there safely.

Jon @ 5/25/2012 2:44 PM

Its in bad taste to judge this officer. As Police was ALL drive faster than we should a lot of the time. Its just some end up in a crash and others have theirs coming yet.

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